The 2008 spring sessions of "4 Seasons Gardening" will be held at the U of I Extension office at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville. Programs are geared to the interests of homeowner's and seasonal gardening.
Dates and topics are:
Orchids 101 - April 8, 1:00 p.m. & April 10, 7:00 p.m.
Containers with PIZZAZZ - April 22, 1:00 p.m. & April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Please call 287-7246 a few days in advance of the specific presentations you would like to attend.
A registration fee of $1 will be assessed for printed handout materials.
During April, Christian County Master Gardeners will once again be staffing a "Help Desk" for the public at the University of Illinois Extension office. Anyone with questions or concerns about their flower or vegetable gardens, lawns or trees may call 287-7246 or drop by the Extension office, 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville any time between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. on April 14, 24, and 28.
The "Help Desk" is being offered by Christian County Master Gardeners to help meet the constant demand for horticultural consumer information by Christian County residents.
Preparing meals can be quick easy and fun if you follow a few simple steps.
If you want to learn more plan on attending the "Learn to Make Easy Meals," workshop on Thursday, April 17, at 9:30 a.m. in the U of I Extension Christian County auditorium.
HCEA members will present this workshop.
Call 287-7246 to register by Wednesday, April 16.
How hard do you need to pedal a bicycle to light up a light bulb? What is miscanthus grass and how is it used as an energy source? How is our garbage being used as an energy source? What can I do to conserve energy?
Answer these questions and more at Christian County's Earth Day Celebration to be held Sunday, April 20th, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Manners Park Boy Scout Pavilion.
Alternative Energy for Tomorrow is the underlying theme of the celebration. Waste Management will have a display about turning landfill gas into energy. Buckley's Greenhouse will explain how hot water can be an energy source. The Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative will promote the use of compact fluorescent lighting (and give out some free CFL bulbs). Gary Letterly from the University of Illinois Extension Christian County Unit will talk about miscanthus grass as a biomass fuel. Folks will get to pedal the Energy Bicycle to discover how much energy it takes to power up a household appliance. Kids can make a terrarium, play Energy Conservation Land and take an Environmental Quiz to earn a prize (and maybe even extra credit at school). Quinn Broverman with the Arbor Day Foundation will be giving out tree seedlings.
This is an outdoor, family-friendly event. You are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and asked to not leave your children unattended.
In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be held in the Manners Park Dining Hall. For more information, contact the Christian County Solid Waste Management Department at 287-2334.
The Christian County Home & Community Education Association will hold a Table Setting Luncheon & Plant Sale on Saturday, April 26, at the U of I Extension Christian County auditorium from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
This year's luncheon theme is "American As Apple Pie," and will feature ham and cheese on a croissant, potato chips, pickle, vegetable garnish, and an apple dessert for $6. Carry outs are available by calling 287-7246.
If you have the desire to volunteer, whether it's one hour a week or a few hours a month, plan on attending the first Christian County Volunteer Connection on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 from 3:00–7:00 p.m. in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium.
This event will showcase over 20 organizations with opportunities for volunteering, so bring a friend along and find the best match for you time and talents.
Local senior transportation will be available by calling 824-4263. Refreshments will be served throughout the event.
This year we are excited to be part of the first annual Volunteer Connection which will be held at Taylorville Memorial Hospital from 3:00–7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29.
This event will provide an opportunity for organizations needing volunteers to find people who have some time to share. Volunteers are often unsung heroes. They oftentimes provide positive life changing experiences for the people they spend time with.
Want to improve the quality of images captured with your digital camera? Extension will provide a Digital Image Software for Beginners Workshop on Tuesday, April 29 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. to help you learn some of the basic manipulation tools available in imaging software.
Overcoming the barriers of using a new technology begins by looking at practical examples of putting new knowledge to work.
If you are using a digital camera and image software, or just need help understanding basic digital imagery altering functions, then plan on attending.
This class will be held in the U of I Extension Christian County auditorium. Call 287-7246 to register or go online at www.extension.uiuc.edu/christian.
Registration fee of $5. Class size will be limited to the first 12 people. The last day to register will be Monday, April 28.
Extension will host it's 2nd annual at Walk Day & Mini Health Fair South Fork Elementary School in Kincaid on Wednesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m. Teen Reach participants will walk laps around the school and then participate in a mini-health fair in the gym.
South Fork School nurse, Cathy Mathias, will take height and weight measurements.
The Ag Literacy program is bringing the UI Physics Van to town on May 1.
The Physics Van is a traveling science show for kids that features many exciting demonstrations and even some explosions.
All Christian county students in grades 5–8 are invited to this high energy show that will be held in the UI Extension office auditorium. Two show times will be offered on Thursday, May 1: 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
It's never to late to start exercising for better health, and you can join Extension's "Step-It-Up" program anytime.
For the nominal fee of $5, you will receive an easy-to-use pedometer to monitor your own progress, a walking log, bi-monthly wellness newsletters, maps of local walking routes and much more.
To join, simply drop by the Extension Office anytime and fill out the registration form.
Free monthly screenings will be offered at two locations:
So fit walking into your life and join us for a healthier you. This will be an ongoing program, but why not begin now and get a jump start on spring.
All participants should check with their physician regarding any health condition(s) that might prevent them from participating in this wellness program.
Annie's Project, an educational program for farm women, will be offered Monday and Wednesday evenings on June 2, 4, 16, 18, 23, 25; from 6:00–9:00 p.m. at the Lake Land College Western Region Advanced Technology Center, located at 600 E. First St., Pana, IL.
Annie's Project is a series of educational programs for farm women wanting to learn more about farm management and improving their skills as business partners.
Ruth Hambleton, UI Extension Farm Business Management and Marketing Educator, will be teaching the classes which will cover the basics of managing money, examining how property is titled, setting up farm leases, basic grain marketing, deciding on insurance products, and putting together a business plan which includes financial documents like balance sheets, income statements and cash flows.
Computers can make decision making and record keeping much more manageable and effective, and Annie's Project begins to teach farm women to use spreadsheets and internet websites for information organization and retrieval.
Highly experienced farm women are encouraged to sign up for this program so they can serve as mentors for inexperienced farm women. Annie's Project is ideal for women about to marry into farm families, or for women who have been away from the farm scene and need to get in touch with what is happening on their farms.
Since Annie's Project inception in 2003, more than 4,000 farm women from 15 Midwestern states have graduated from Annie's Project.
The program is patterned after the life of a woman in northern Illinois who grew up in a small town and married a farmer. She learned everything about being a farm wife and business partner by trial and error, and sheer desire to be married to a farmer. Annie was married to her farmer for five decades before she died in 1997. Her legacy of keeping farm records, supplying information for management decisions, and keeping a family together under both trying and good times is found in this unique program.
Program sponsors are University of Illinois Extension, Illinois Agri-Women, Illinois Farm Bureau, Farm Credit Services, and Illinois Risk Management Agency. Grant funding is supplied by the North Central Risk Management Education Center, Lincoln, NE. Visit Annie's Project on line at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/annie/
The registration fee for this program is $50 payable after the first meeting. To register or for further information, please call the Christian County Extension office in Taylorville at (217) 287-7246. This program is open to anyone interested in the topics offered. Anyone needing special accommodations to attend Annie's Project should contact the Christian County Extension office and make arrangements at the time of registration.
Do you enjoy canning and preserving fruits and vegetables? Would you enjoy teaching others how to preserve foods safely?
The Master Food Preserver Program is an opportunity for experienced food preservers to learn about the latest techniques and home food preservation equipment and become certified as Master Food Preservers.
This series of the Master Food Preserver classes will be held May 22, 23, 29 and June 5 and 6, at the U of I Extension building on the IL State Fairgrounds in Springfield from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The cost of the program is $100 which includes UI Master Food Preserver Notebook, food preservation materials and food used in the lab practical.
Jananne Finck, Nutrition and Wellness Educator with UI Extension will present the programs. To register or if you need more information contact the UI Extension Christian County office at 287-7246.
You can't see or smell radon, but it may be in your home, posing a health risk to you and your family.
University of Illinois Extension encourages homeowners to test their homes for radon. High radon levels have been found in every county in Illinois, and testing is the only way to know how much radon is in your home.
The UI Extension Christian County office is offering a limited supply of free radon detectors to the public. Pick up your free detector at the UI Extension office located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.
The University of Illinois Extension office has a public use computer site on a high-speed internet line. It is available during regular working hours–between 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. The U of I Extension office is located at 1120 N. Webster St. in Taylorville.